September 2017 - Volume 106
In This Issue...
Hershey is Next Week!!!!! Who's Coming????
Car Corral Spaces WILL Be Available at Hershey
Event Schedule for Hershey
AACA Library Fall Meet Yard Sale: Bigger & Better!
1971 Fiat 850 Spider with "Loot in the Boot"
RM Sotheby's Returns to Hershey for its Annual Two-Day Auction
Lots and Lots of Dream Cars!
AACA Harvey & Irma Fund
I.C. Kirkham Membership Award
Future Home of AACA & the AACA Library
Joe Farside's 1975 Trans Am
Steve Rossi's Old Car Quiz
2018 AACA Membership Renewal Reminder
AACA Library Update
It's Time to Order Your Official 2018 AACA Calendar
It's Never Too Early to Buy Your Holiday Cards
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We Are Ready For the Invasion
By Stacy Zimmerman, Speedster editor,
No, not the invasion of the body snatchers. The invasion of antique car enthusiasts! Hershey is honestly our favorite time of year here at AACA Headquarters and the Library because our little town of chocolate gets invaded by over 250,000 car lovers.
We say it's a tradition. Most members refer to it as antique car mecca. Many come so they can cross it off their bucket list. If you just simply say "Hershey" to an antique car hobbyist, they'll know exactly what you are talking about. However you look at it, Hershey is THE place to be the first week of October!
It takes over 700 volunteers from the Hershey Region AACA all year long to put together the largest antique car show and flea market in the world. With 9,000 vendor spaces, 1,000 cars for sale in the car corral and about 1,300 cars in Saturday's show, there is no other event that compares.  
Old or young, male or female, hobbyist or admirer, owner or spectator - Hershey is for everyone! Over the four day show, attendees are always amazed by the size of the event, the cars they see, the people they meet and the memories they make!
If you are coming to Hershey next week, be sure to stop by to say hello. We are looking very forward to hosting all of you!
If you are not coming to Hershey this year, do yourself a favor and put it on your calendar for next year (Oct. 10-13). Make a promise to yourself that you WILL experience the adventure that is Hershey at least one time in your life!
See YOU next week!!

Hershey is Next Week!!!!! Who's Coming????

Eastern Fall Meet
October 4-7, 2017
Hershey, PA

The Hershey Region AACA invites you to make the pilgrimage to antique car Mecca this October. Come join the over 250,000 visitors who come each year to experience Hershey. Meet Week in Hershey has become the largest true antique car show in the world and includes a flea market with over 9,000 vendor spaces, a car corral with about 1,000 antique cars for sale and culminates in a great car show with 1,200+ vintage cars on display.
If you registered for the flea market or car corral, you should have received your packet with your windshield stickers and instructions sometime the first week of September.
If you registered to show your car on Saturday, you will need to pick up your packet on the Chocolate Field at the FOLDER DISTRIBUTION tent located next to the Hershey Region main tent. The FOLDER DISTRIBUTION tent is open Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Packets will also be available for pick up on Saturday morning at the show vehicle entrance behind the Giant Center.
If you have questions, please email . If you have questions regarding the car show, please send an email to .


AACA Headquarters at Hershey will be located at:
Chocolate Field C3F 5-7, C3H 5-7, C3I 5-7 (Wed. - Sat.)
Green Field in front of the Giant Center in a large white tent (Wed. - Fri.)
Adjacent to the Show Field (Sat.)

AACA Library at Hershey will be located at:
Chocolate Field C3G 5-9 (Wed. - Fri.)
Come meet head librarian Chris Ritter and see the NEW Bookmobile!

Car Corral Spaces WILL Be Available at Hershey

There will be a LIMITED number of car corral spaces available onsite at the Hershey Meet. They will be available on a first-come, first-served basis If you would like to enter a car into the car corral, you will need to show up at the Hershey Meet at  9 a.m. on Wednesday, October 4 . You MUST be a current paid AACA member.

The vehicle must be 25 years old or older, y ou must be able to drive the vehicle on to the car corral and  the vehicle must be AACA compliant - no Hot Rods allowed.

Event Schedule for Hershey

AACA Library Fall Meet Yard Sale: Bigger & Better!

1971 Fiat 850 Spider with "Loot in the Boot" 
for Sale at RM Sotheby's Hershey Auction
Proceeds Benefit the AACA Library & Research Center
The enthusiast looking for some last-minute fun in the sun can hardly do better than this attractive Fiat 850 Spider. Not only is it a desirable, late-production model with the most powerful available engine, it is finished in the elegant color combination of Graphite over a red interior, with a black convertible top. It also boasts such popular options as chrome wire wheels, whitewall tires, a luggage rack, and front and rear bumper guards. Accompanying the car are an optional tonneau cover, original Fiat sales brochures, and a tool kit with jack and owner's manual.
But wait, there's more . . .
What makes this car particularly special is what did not come with it from the factory. Included is an undisclosed amount of cold, hard, American greenbacks in the trunk to sweeten the deal. How much cash is offered with the Fiat? Only the car's winning bidder will know for certain.
RM Sotheby's has been a proud supporter of the AACA for many, many years. As such, our longtime friends Joseph and Margie Cassini, along with RM Sotheby's, have graciously donated this 1971 Fiat 850 Spider, while avid car enthusiasts Wayne Carini and Ralph Marano have donated the "Loot in the Boot" (for the winning bidder) in an effort to raise funds for the AACA Library & Research Center.
A 501 (c)(3) non-profit library, the AACA Library sets the standard in celebrating, collecting, preserving, and sharing our automotive legacy, and it is recognized as the world's premier automotive reference library. The AACA Library is a free public library and available to enthusiasts worldwide; with over 1.2 million documents, it is a great resource for car nuts, historians, and restoration specialists alike.

All proceeds from the sale of this car  will 
be donated to this amazing organization. 

We wish the AACA the best of luck and 
thank them for their continued efforts 
in the preservation and enjoyment 
of the collector car hobby.

Please note that a dmission is open to the general public during preview hours only. Admission to the auctions on Thursday, October 5 and Friday, October 6, is for registered bidders, consignors and qualified media only.

Includes an official auction catalogue and admission for  one bidder and one guest to the auction.

RM Sotheby's Returns to Hershey for its Annual Two-Day Auction
Hershey meet week means RM Sotheby's returns to the Hershey Lodge for its annual two-day auction, which this year features 140 important American Brass, Classic and post-War motor cars during the greatest antique car enthusiast gathering of the year.
Just a few of many highlights include a 1936 Cadillac V-16 Convertible Sedan by Fleetwood, one of the very finest late first-generation examples in existence. One of just six built for the model year, the car was gifted to the Chicago Museum of Science & Industry in 1949, where it was displayed until 2008 when acquired by its current owner, a well-known and longtime collector. The stunning Phantom Metallic V-16 remains in highly original condition, following a sympathetic concours-quality full restoration, with the body never having been removed from the chassis. Exhibited selectively since 2008, including a class award at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, the Cadillac offers an opportunity to own one of the most famous V-16s (Est. $700,000 - $850,000). 

Also on offer is a 1937 Cord 812 Supercharged Cabriolet, one of about 30 remaining authentic factory supercharged examples. This particular car was owned and enjoyed by Cord expert Lee Richardson for 27 years and remains an excellent, well-maintained example of a car fiercely sought after by collectors (Est. $300,000 - $350,000).
View all lots-more than two thirds of which are offered without reserve- in the complete Hershey digital catalogue here and register to bid here.
See you in Hershey! 

Lots and Lots of Dream Cars!

WOW! I was completely floored by the number of dream car responses I received after the last Speedster. Thank you to everyone for sharing your dream cars with us!

1956-57 Continental
Submitted by Bob Davis,, Stillwater, OK
I've always been partial to the cars of the '30s and '40s; particularly those that were somewhat different in either use (such as commercial cars) or styling or both. One car really stands out as my favorite: the 1936 Checker Model Y-6 or Y-8. It had both a fascinating history within the company, but moreover, its unique Art Nouveau styling and utility makes it one of the classiest commercial vehicles ever.
Submitted by Robert W. Powitz,, Old Saybrook, CT
I am blessed to own my dream car. I've had it 23 years since a frame-off restoration. It's the best of the "mid-year" Stingrays before they changed the body style (1967 Corvette Stingray roadster). What could be better??
Submitted by Mel Mann,, Miami, FL (photo)
Sitting downstairs in a "knock your socks off" collection here in Maine is a 1933(?) Chrysler Imperial phaeton. Unrestored and needing much to be show worthy again, it still commands attention. The collection as a whole makes a car this special go nearly un-noticed. It would likely be the center piece of most collections, but there it sits passing the years downstairs, as the Packards and Duesenbergs upstairs steal the spotlight. If only... whether with mechanic's are updated for cruising as HPOF or driver quality, or as a full "off the chart$" re$toration. That long, low, short windshield, 4-door convertible would be my pick.
Submitted by Rick Watson,, Showhegan, ME
I dream of finding one of the first 700 Model T Fords made in December 1908 and January 1909. These Model Ts had only two control pedals rather than three and two hand levers rather than one. There are perhaps 10 of these Fords known, plus several engine blocks and a complete engine or two. Some of the 700 were changed over to what became the standard control system for Model T Fords. This reduced the number of originals. Somewhere there is probably one still lurking in some old building. I have known of two 1910 Fords that were hold up in a basement room that had become trapped by a new wall. It would be interesting if one of the "700" would be found hidden away. One can only dream.
Submitted by Darel Leipold,, Long Lake, MN
I like West Peterson's approach, and I know it's cheating. As a contributing writer to a vintage roadcar magazine, I get to drive and write about other people's very cool cars. But here are the three I'd love to have in order of preference: Cobra Daytona Coupe (real one), Alfa Romeo Canguro show car and Alfa Romeo TZ2. But then there's any Zagato-bodied Aston Martin... sigh.
Submitted by Mike Hemsley,, Chattanooga, TN
My dream car is sitting in my garage at this moment - my 1938 Pontiac model 2611 two-door sedan that I bought more than 52 years ago.
Submitted by Bob Childers,, Pentwater, MI
My forever dream car is actually two, a Ruston and a L29 Cord. I passed up an unrestored Ruston sedan needing rear end gears for $3,500 in Riverside, California, in the late 1960s. I have nightmares over that one!
Submitted by Karl Elliott,, Henderson, NV
I have two - one I was lucky enough to get about a month ago... a 1939 Ford Deluxe Fordor. Ticks all the boxes for me, a car that straddles the crossroads of the old world and the classic cars of the 1930s (in my humble opinion, the decade of the greatest cars ever made in America) and the world of modern driving. My '39 is now in our garage with a 2017 Ford Escape, 78 years of driving history within a few feet of each other. My other dream car is a 1937 Cord 812 supercharged phaeton, but it can wait. Loving my Deluxe!
Submitted by Wade Krieg,, Des Moines, IA (photo)
A 1937 LaSalle side mount coupe. I rode in my great aunt's sedan as kid. I own one of two known 1928 Gardner Robbins bodied cabriolets, not restored. Never got a LaSalle, but have six Gardners. I have a piece of a Franklin (great aunt drove those as long as she could get them). I do have my dream 1936 Chevy pickup, and some other Chevys and cars.
Submitted by Robert Owen,, Fairborn, OH

A 1961 Pontiac Ventura convertible - blue with a black top, 8 lug wheels, trips and 4 on floor. I had the opportunity to buy such a beast back in '64, but found it easier to get a loan for a new car. So, I bought a 1965 Tempest with h/o engine, Nightwatch blue/white convertible top and 4 on the floor. It ran like a Pontiac. No power options - it was a runner! I traded it in in 1972 with over 100,000 miles for a yellow Mercury Capri V-6 and 4 on floor. It was ok.
Submitted by Glenn Pfau,, Bensalem, PA
My dream car is a 1981 Cadillac Sedan Deville with the Oldsmobile 350 diesel. My grandparents bought this car new and have now passed it on to me. It is my dream car because I have never driven it on the highway due to many mechanical issues. I am currently trying to get the car fixed to a drivable state through Alfred State College's automotive program and I hope to restore it someday.
Submitted by Jacob Minkel,, Attica, NY (photo)
My dream car would just have to be the '74 Pantera that keeps eluding me.
Submitted by Fred Duplechin,, Schriever, LA
I am lucky enough to own my dream car - a 1948 Packard Station sedan! 
Submitted by Jeff Perkins,, Lakeland, MN (photo)
I was born in 1937 and would like to have a pickup truck from that year.
Submitted by Dick Brooks,, Houston, TX
My dream cars: '57 Thunderbird, '57 Studebaker Golden Hawk, '64 Austin Healy 3000 Mark II. 
Submitted by Tom Longenecker,, New Cumberland, PA
All my life I've made lists of cars I wanted to own. I have been able to knock a few off over the years, but there is one that is still on the list and always has been... a 1947 Cadillac Series 62 convertible!
Submitted by Andy Fuhrman,, Mechanicsville, VA
If money was no object - a 1933 Pierce Arrow Silver Arrow. Realistically, like Chris Ritter, my dream car is already in my garage (when we are not out and about with it). This is my wife Sue and me in our '65 Chevy Corvair Monza convertible. Earlier this summer, we completed a 1,600+ mile road trip that included the Gettysburg Founders Tour, with no problems, and averaged 22 mpg. It is a drivable dream coming up on the 10,000 mile button in the AACA Mileage Award Program. What more could one ask for from a dream car?  
Submitted by Steve Mac Nish,, Pleasant Valley, NY (photo)
Like West, I have a list of 187 "Lotto Wish List" cars. Several are cars that I've owned at one point or another in my life. I currently own one of my top 5 dream cars - my '54 Willys Aero Eagle that I've owned almost 40 years, "Old Toby." Since I was a kid, I was in love with the late 1930s Figoni & Filaschi Talbot Lago teardrop coupe. I've also discovered a Voisin that I like - a one-off with a V-12 Knight-engine coupe. I would also like my '59 Studebaker Silver Hawk back in my garage. And, just 'cuz it was the only car that my father owned that actually got named ("Ferdinand"), I'd like a duplicate of his 1972 Oldsmobile Delta 88 town sedan, dark blue with a black vinyl top. I could list 182 more, but this is already more than you asked for.
Submitted by Rick Kamen,, Decatur, GA (photo)
For me, I guess I would have to expand the list to two dream cars. First I guess would be a Metz (or Waltham) Master 6, any year. A tad under 7,100 were produced between 1919 and 1922 by the Metz Automobile Company in Waltham, Massachusetts (the last 100 in 1922 under the "Waltham" brand name). The company and the car were victims of the recession of 1920/21 and it's unknown if any have survived. Second is a 1930 Dodge Brothers pickup truck. I have thought how cool it would look as the tow vehicle for my 1930 Dodge boat. (Same family, different generation. Daddy and uncle made cars before selling to Chrysler; son made boats.)
Submitted by David Adams,, Westford, MA
I am like Chris Ritter, my dream car is locked up in my garage. It is my Grand National Sr. '55 Chevy Bel Air hard top that I have owned for 33 years. 
Submitted by Don Allen,, Winter Haven, FL
You wouldn't believe that bowtiebob's dream car would be a 1940 Ford coupe.
Submitted by Bob Parrish,, Chesapeake, VA
Like many of us, I have a list of way too many "dream cars." But I still remember walking to school at about 10 years old (around 1966) and getting my first glimpse of a mid-60s Corvette Sting-Ray as it drove past us. That did it for me. I vividly remember the sleek styling of the 2-door hardtop swooping down to a point in the back. I have loved them ever since. Then I began building Soap Box Derby cars a year or so later. Chevrolet was our sponsor and all of us young drivers got to ride to the (Southern California) derby race in a Corvette parade. What fun! My dream car is a 1963 Corvette Sting-Ray split window.
Submitted by Larry Dykes,, Hendersonville, TN
My one-and-only dream car would be a bronze-colored Chrysler Corp. Ghia-bodied gas turbine car from the early '60s. I saw and fell in love with it at the 1964 World's Fair in NYC.
Submitted by Bill Minsker,, Linglestown, PA
My dream cars are a 1948 Plymouth that I owned as a young man, a 1962 Pontiac Catalina convertible, a 1968 Dodge Charger that I used to drag race, and a 1971 Dodge Challenger convertible which I have owned since it was new. I would also like a new Dodge Challenger.
Submitted by Ralph C. Wiedner,, St Charles, MO
My dream car came to me in real life in April 1964. A 1965 Porsche Speedster, model 356, 1600Normal, Meissen Blue. The engine was in boxes, but complete. It was missing the soft top and side curtains, but had a factory hard top. I was able to purchase it for the grand sum of $650. The dream came to an end when the tuition bill arrived for the fall semester of my senior year. A friend came to my rescue with an offer to pay what I had in it: $700. Fast forward to a recent RM auction at fall Hershey where a poor example crossed the block and fell to the hammer for a price north of $240,000. Given that value, I must be realistic and ask myself if I would get that much pleasure in owning the Speedster now. Most likely not.
Submitted by Bill Boudway,, Canandaigua, NY (photo)

AACA Harvey & Irma Fund
By AACA National Board
The recent horrific scenes in the Houston area and other parts of the Southwest are a tragedy for those affected. The damage in Florida is immensely concerning to us. We are sure there are many of our club members that have been impacted, a loss of cars and a general hardship for our brethren.
More experienced disaster survival organizations need to take the lead, but our national board does not want to simply stand by and do nothing. While it is hard for us to know what to do, we must do something. As events unfold over the next days, we want to be proactive as an organization that cares about our members and all of society. We will do our best to work with our regions and chapters in the coming months to see if there are things we can do.
While we cannot always come to the rescue or fund every need, the circumstances with having two hurricanes hit our country in such a short span and the devastation they have caused makes this a special time to do what we can. 
So, our first step is to help raise money for families that have been hit by these storms. While we may not be able to raise a huge amount of money, we are sure that every little bit helps.  So, your national board is donating $5,000 on behalf of its membership to a GoFundMe site. If you would like to join us in this effort, please click here to make your donations.  
By using Charity Navigator, we will donate the money to those charities that will put the vast majority of the money into actual use for those affected by the storms. AACA's executive committee will ensure that the donations are used for the maximum effect. 
Please consider joining us as we try to make a 
small difference.
Current total raised: $12,175
We will close out this fund at the end of October 
and announce where the money went.


I.C. Kirkham Membership Award

The I.C. Kirkham Membership Award is again up for grabs at the 2018 Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, PA. This award is for the Region or Chapter with the greatest membership gain in 2017. This award is based on a weighted formula that takes into consideration the number of NEW National members acquired and the percentage of increase in membership as well. The award is presented by the Genesee Valley Antique Car Society Region in memory of Elmer Bassage who probably sponsored more new members for AACA than any other person.
For an application, please click here. For the "I.C. Kirkham Example Format," please click here. The deadline to apply is December 4, 2017.

Future Home of AACA & the AACA Library

More information to come later, but we wanted to make this awesome announcement regarding the future of AACA and our world-class Library... We will finally have a new home!  Stay Tuned!

If you are here for the Hershey Meet next week, please note that you will be able to SEE the building, but you CANNOT go inside - the building is currently occupied by the Pennsylvania-American Water Company.

Member Submitted Story 

Joe Farside's 1975 Trans Am
By Joe Farside, Vineland, NJ,

This 1975 Pontiac Trans Am was ordered new by my sister Antoinette in June 1975. The reason she loved the Trans Am was never clear to me. By then I had already owned a '69 Mustang GT and I was on my second Corvette convertible... which I still have.
My little sister "Net" as we called her, came to me with her wish and I would never deny Net anything she wished! I was eight and Net was six in 1960 when our father died when he was just 36.
My mother worked two jobs thereafter, so Net and I lived most of our lives alone, but together. When Net told me of her wish, we went to Dave Cole's Central Pontiac on Admiral Wilson Boulevard in Camden, NJ.
The photos on page 8 (in linked document below) show ALL of the original documentation, proving this car is 100% original in every way including the build sheet, confirming the car was shipped to this dealership in Camden, NJ.
Net wanted the Cameo White with the blue hood bird and decals with the custom white interior, so that is what she ordered. I had to co-sign for her. She was 21. (Trans Ams were only available in four colors in '75 - Buccaneer Red, Sterling Silver, Stellar Blue and Cameo White.)
There were 27,274 total Trans Ams made in '75. There were 20,277 with the 400 CID motor and Turbo 350 transmission, which this one has. There were another 6,140 with manual transmissions. There were 857 of them made with the 455 HO motor, all with manual transmissions.
This was her first new car of her own. Evidently, she planned on keeping it forever... she just never told anyone. Never garaged, it was last inspected in 1999. At that time, it had 106,233 miles on it.
Upon inspection failure it went into Net's backyard. Even with her modest means, her goal was to save enough so that her cherished Trans Am would someday be restored to new condition.
Since Net had no children of her own, she loved both of my children as if they were hers. There was always a special place in Net's heart for her niece Jackie. She knew I planned to someday give my Corvette to my son. Net decided to make her own wish to make the Trans Am new "like the day she got it from the dealer" and give it to my daughter Jackie. In her mind, then both kids would have a restored car!
To read the rest of Joe's story and find out what happened with the Trans Am, click here.
Trivia Question

What rather unique design feature do cars like early 1950s-era Cadillacs and certain mid-1950s Chevrolets, Lincolns and Imperials have in common...which we'll never see the likes of again?

or scroll all the way to the end of the
Speedster to find the answer.

Trade Show Booths Available at AACA Annual Meeting

Does your business want direct exposure to AACA members? Do you like selling your services face-to-face to hobby enthusiasts? Are you hosting an event in 2018 that you want our members to know about? Then why not secure some booth space at one of the best AACA events of the year?!

Trade Show booths are 10 ft X 8 ft and only cost $200. What a great deal to ensure that your brand is represented at the AACA Annual Meeting! 

Click here for the registration form.
If you have questions, please feel free to contact Judy Fischer.

2018 AACA Membership Renewal Reminder
As most of you know, your AACA membership runs for a calendar year - January 1 through December 31. From about mid-September through the end of the year, AACA Headquarters gets a little crazy with membership renewal phone calls and mail. It's not uncommon for us to receive several hundred renewals in a day. Even though it's our busiest time of the year, making sure we get our 60,000+ members renewed is always our top priority.
A renewal form was included with your September/October issue of Antique Automobile magazine. Simply fill out the form and send it back to the office with a check or credit card information.
If you're going to be at Hershey, you can also stop by the AACA trailer or tent and renew your membership in person with us.
We look forward to seeing or hearing 
from all of you very soon!

Do You Have a Friend Who Has Been Thinking 
About Becoming an AACA Member?
Tell them NOW is the time for them to join! Right now we have a special deal for brand new members - sign-up for a 2018 AACA membership and get the last 2 months of 2017 for FREE! For just $40 ($50 for anyone outside the U.S.), a new member will receive all of the benefits of an AACA membership for 14 months instead of the regular 12 months. That means they will receive 7 issues of Antique Automobile instead of the usual 6 issues.
They must join in October! Click here for a 2018 membership application.

IMPORTANT!!! 2018 AACA National Board of Directors Election

In the September/October edition of Antique Automobile is a postpaid ballot for the 2018 Board of Directors election. It is your ONLY ballot and must be filled out according to the instructions or it will not be counted.
Please read the biographies of all the candidates listed in the magazine and vote for the 7 of your choice. Our candidates this year come from widely different backgrounds, so please give serious consideration to those who match your ideas of what is important to the future of the club. All ballots must have 7 names selected or they will be considered "not valid" and will not be counted.
Your ballot must be postmarked by November 15, 2017.

From the AACA Library & Research Center

Visiting the AACA Library During Fall Meet
Do you plan on attending this year's Hershey Fall Meet? If so, why not stop by the library to do some research on your favorite car? If you collect car literature or books, you also won't want to miss our literature yard sale on Tuesday, October 3 (4 p.m. - 7 p.m.). We will also be selling several books at our tent on the show field. The library tent should be easy to spot this year, because we will have the AACA Library bookmobile on display. Stop on by and say hi. We'd love to see you!
AACA Library Fall Meet Hours (October 2 - 6):
Monday: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday: 8:00 a.m. - 3:15 p.m. (4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. yard sale)
Wednesday: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Thursday: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Saturday: CLOSED
I think it's fair to say that the guys in the AACA Library are pretty excited about their upcoming yard sale during Hershey Meet Week. Check out this fun promotional video they made.

AACA Library Update Webcast Episode 9: 2017 Fall Meet Edition
In this episode, we discuss what you can expect during Fall Meet and our 4th annual yard sale. We also talk about our tent on the field, where you will also be able to see the AACA Library bookmobile!
Click here  to watch now.
Click here to watch previous episodes. 

Black Swan Antiquities - Extended Hours for Fall Meet Week
Visit the AACA Library Booth!
Looking for something to do in the evening during Fall Meet? Finished up early at the yard sale? If so, consider visiting Black Swan Antiquities, an antique mall located in the neighboring town of Palmyra. Their selection is both large and diverse thanks to the presence of over 60 vendors, including the AACA Library!
EXTENDED HOURS for Fall Meet Week (Oct. 2 - Oct. 6): 
10 a.m.-7 p.m.

For more information on Black Swan Antiquities, visit their website.

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It's Time to Order Your Official 2018 AACA Calendar

The AACA Calendar is always a hot item this time of year, so be sure to order yours before they are gone! This 13-month calendar runs from January 2018 to January 2019 and highlights AACA National Meets and Tours in addition to moon phases, all Federal Holidays and many other observances. The best part of the annual calendar is getting to see the fabulous member cars showcased each time you flip the month. At a cost of $12 postpaid, these calendars also make great, inexpensive gifts for all of the car-lovers in your life!
To order, either call AACA Headquarters at 717-534-1910 or go to the AACA online store. An order form was also included with your last issue of Antique Automobile magazine.

It's Never Too Early to Buy Your Holiday Cards 

AACA Christmas and holiday cards are an annual tradition for many members. These beautiful 5x7 cards feature artwork from renowned artist Ken Eberts, whose paintings have graced Antique Automobile magazine covers. This year, we have two new designs... 

"Christmas Delivery"
1946 Ford Super Deluxe station wagon
Inside: Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
"Snowy Christmas on Main"
1954 Oldsmobile Super 98
Inside: Happy Holidays

The cards come in packs of 12 and include envelopes. Each pack is only $12 (plus shipping). An order form was included with your last issue of Antique Automobile magazine. You can also call AACA Headquarters to place your order (717-534-1910) or go to the AACA online store.

Five Scholarships Available - Apply Before December 1!

John and Janet Ricketts Leadership Scholarship
A $1,500 cash award to any AACA member, child or grandchild of an AACA member in good standing for at least 5 years, who has been accepted to an institution of higher learning or is now enrolled in such institution. This award is granted by the family of John and Janet Ricketts in recognition of their love for AACA and their belief in service to the club.  It is also in recognition of our first female National President, Janet Ricketts in 1999.  Region or chapter membership is encouraged but not required. Click here for more information and to download the application.

Susquehannock Region Automotive Technology Scholarship
Formerly known as AACA Student Scholarship, this award is granted by the AACA National Board of Directors to encourage adults to further their education and stimulate interest in AACA and automotive history. One or more awards may be presented each year. Click here for more information and to download the application.  

AACA Young People's Award
The AACA Young People's Award is a cash award to an AACA member, child or grandchild of an active AACA member in good standing for at least five years, who has been accepted into an accredited institution of higher learning or is now enrolled in such institution, i.e. a four-year college leading to a bachelor's degree or a two-year vocational education program leading to a degree. Applicants MUST be nominated by a Region or Chapter of AACA and must be no more than 25 years old. This award is merit based, and while financial need may be considered, it is not a deciding factor. One or more of these awards may be presented each year. Click here for more information and to download the application.  

AACA Scholarship
The AACA Scholarship is granted by the AACA National Board of Directors. All applicants must be current AACA members for a minimum of 5 continuous years. The children or grandchildren of these AACA members are also eligible. Applicants must be accepted to a recognized accredited institution, or currently enrolled in such an institution leading to a four-year college Bachelor's degree or completion of a two-year vocational education program. They must be 25 years old or less by December 31 of the year when applying for the scholarship. AACA region or chapter membership is encouraged, but not required. One or more of these awards may be presented each year. Click here for more information and to download the application.  
Louise Bianchi Chiotti Memorial Scholarship Award
Louise (Bianchi) Chiotti was born on June 11, 1914 in San Jose California. The Family's first automobile was a 1926 Dodge Sedan. Her two younger brothers purchased a 1939 Studebaker and took delivery in January 1939. They wanted to give it to Louise's son Dave in 1956. His mother thought it too big of a car for a fifteen year old in San Francisco and talked him into buying a 1930 Model "A" Ford Coupe. In 1959 the little Ford was a bit slow, so Dave purchased a 1959 Ford convertible. As Dave sat on the running board of the Ford waiting for the new owner to arrive his mom came and sat next to him. "You really don't want to sell it do you?" she asked. "No, I don't was my reply."  "Then don't," Mom said.
Dave and Marilyn Chiotti still own the Model "A"; it is a Senior and First Place Grand National Award Winner. The 1939 Studebaker came to the Chiottis after spending 40 years under a walnut tree. It is now a Senior and First Place Grand National Award Winner. The 1926 Dodge was cut into a truck for ranch use in the 1940's. Dave brought it home in 1976 and built a Woodie. In 2000, they donated it to Luther Burbank Home & Gardens in Santa Rosa. After Dave and Marilyn's uncle's passing, they acquired their 1968 Cadillac El Dorado. It now lives in the AACA Museum in Hershey, PA. This $1,500 scholarship is based upon the same rules as the AACA Automotive Technology Award and is awarded as funds are available. It was instituted and funded by Dave and Marilyn Chiotti as a way to honor Louise and a way to continue to support youth in the hobby. Click here for more information and to download the application.  
How to Apply:
Application forms may be obtained by clicking on the links above, from AACA National Headquarters, 501 W. Governor Rd., Hershey, PA 17033 (717-534-1910) or from the VP of Youth Development Programs: Tabetha Hammer, 141 Rivers Edge, Ste 200, Traverse City, MI 49684 ( ).  
All scholarship applications are due by December 1 
and will be awarded at the AACA Annual Meeting in February.

2018 Boca Raton Concours d'Elegance to Honor AACA Cars
The 2018 Boca Raton Concours d'Elegance will honor the cars of AACA! Our cars will be the featured marque and will be eligible for all awards other than class awards. The cars will be in a special decade by decade display to educate the public on the advancement of the automobile.
This concours is held at the word famous Boca Raton Resort and Club in Florida. It will be held February 23-25, 2018. It truly is a magnificent event and to have this much respect for our cars and our club is very special.
Cars included in the display will be self-nominated, so every member has an opportunity to show their vehicles. All cars chosen will receive a special memento from AACA for their participation. Please email AACA Executive Director Steve Moskowitz who will curate this display ( He will follow up with a nomination form for you to fill out. 

Retraction from August Speedster article 
"AACA National Dues Increase for First Time in 10 Years"
By Steve Moskowitz, AACA Executive Director,

Our apology to our friends in CCCA. We mistakenly listed their dues at $80 per year when they are only $70. We sincerely regret the error and all parties, especially me, have been taken to the woodshed!

Find us on Facebook!

Be sure to like AACA and the AACA Library & Research Center Facebook pages. Did you know that AACA also has a Facebook Group you can join to discuss cars and hobby hot topics? Request to join the group by clicking here.

AACA Calendar Spotlight

February 8-10, 2018
Annual Meeting - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
March 2-3, 2018
Winter Meet/Special Grand National - San Juan, Puerto Rico
April 5-7, 2018
Southeastern Spring Meet - Charlotte, North Carolina
April 20-21, 2018
Western Spring Meet - Tucson, Arizona
May 11-12, 2018
Central Spring Meet - Auburn, Indiana
May 31-June 2, 2018
Annual Grand National Meet - Greensburg, Pennsylvania
July 11-14, 2018
Eastern Spring Meet - Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
August 20-24, 2018
Reliability Tour - Canandaigua, New York
September 12-15, 2018
Central Divisional Tour - Texas Panhandle
September 16-21, 2018
Revival AAA Glidden Tour (VMCCA) - Twin Falls, Idaho
October 10-13, 2018
Eastern Fall Meet - Hershey, Pennsylvania
October 21-26, 2018
Founders Tour - Metropolis, Illinois
November 5-9, 2018
Sentimental Tour - Natchez, Mississippi

Visit the  calendar on our website  for a complete listing of AACA national events and much more!
Who Do You Contact at AACA Headquarters for What?

Have you ever wondered who to contact for what when you call or email AACA Headquarters? Here is a list of the current staff and their responsibilities. By clicking on someone's name below, you can email them directly.

Executive Director
Membership & Merchandise
Accounting, IT & Website
Advertising & Marketing
Speedster Editor

Office Administration
Antique Automobile Magazine Editor
Library, Research & Cataloging

Naturally, many of the staff have the capability of answering questions in each other's area as we try to cross train as much as possible. Please don't hesitate to contact us anytime for assistance.

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The Antique Automobile Club of America (AACA), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation, is the country's premier resource for the collectible vehicle community. Since its formation in 1935, the Club, through its national office, publications, and membership, aids individuals, museums, libraries, historians and collectors dedicated to the enjoyment and preservation of automotive history.